Farmborough Shop & Café has won a prestigious Rural Community Business Award for its outstanding work, commitment and passion in supporting Farmborough’s community.

Farmborough Shop & Café was one of eight UK award winners and received its accolade Environment Award in recognition as being one of the UK’s most inspiring community-owned businesses.

Held annually by the Plunkett Foundation, the Rural Community Business Awards recognise those businesses that help to create thriving and inclusive rural towns and villages. Whether a shop, farm, bakery, woodland or pub – their services help tackle issues of isolation, loneliness, access to essential goods, provide jobs and training, help the environment and improve the wellbeing of all. This year’s Awards are supported by North Barnes Farm in partnership with Welbeck Land and Eton College.

Chris Bullock and Sam Ross from Farmborough Shop & Café were presented their award at a ceremony on Thursday 17th November 2022 hosted by TV presenter and auctioneer Charlie Ross and by award sponsor Power to Change. They received both a trophy and an award of £250.

Sam Ross, Company Secretary to Farmborough Shop & Café said, “We are delighted to have been recognised by The Plunkett Foundation with this award for the actions that we have and continue to take in shaping a vital community business that also works hard to minimise its environmental impact. From making sure that our building and equipment are energy efficient, to providing products that are sourced locally, reduce waste, and encourage sustainable shopping habits, all the while providing a welcoming and essential service that is open to all.

“Many thanks go to our hard-working manager, Chris Bullock, our tireless team of dedicated volunteers, all our members and of course our loyal customers, without whom we would not have won this award. It is only with your help, support and input that we have got to where we are today.”

James Alcock, Chief Executive of Plunkett Foundation, said, “Community businesses across the UK put their communities first, they help transform the lives of the vulnerable and provide a thriving future for many isolated rural towns and villages. These worthy winners have worked selflessly to improve the wellbeing of everyone in their local community and we are incredibly proud to recognise, and to have supported, their work.”